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    January 21, 2013
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this high school and for this marching band and it's a nice touch, kate, to see the president's home state so well represented here. >> one of the -- as they're playing, i'm not sure which one it is, but one of the medleys will include the fight song. we are listening to this, you saw him give the little hello to the band. >> this is the president's alma mater. >> the marching band of course also honoring -- >> by the way, after the punahou high school marching band, we will see the hawaii home state float. >> and what did i tell you, where we going to see a volcano. there is a volcano. >> you see it already? >> it's behind us. >> there it is, the aloha state. >> on the side of that float is a quote from the late senator i inaway who recently passed away. i was observing that yesterday when i looked at these floats on the other side of the capital.
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it is there on the float. i would like to convey to the mainland some small sense of our spirit of aloha. >> this is the isiserettes drum corps from des moines, iowa. they trained at sidwell friends, that's where sasha and malia -- they were allowed to stay there. they came in from des moines. let's just listen in a little bit. ♪
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♪ >> following the isiserettes, the regiment. ♪
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>> this is from ohio, the miami university marching band, from oxford, ohio. before that is the platoon, 3rd u. infantry regiment. this is the miami university marching band. has been an integral part of the spirit and pride of miami university and surrounding oxford, ohio and butler county. >> miami, ohio, will tell you, is close to my heart because my sister actually attended miami, ohio. a beautiful campus. one of the most beautiful i've ever been to. and their marching band is huge. i'm watching it head our way right now. >> 260 members. love the percussion.
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the band has performed in macy's thanksgiving day parades, carnegie hall. let's let them perform. ♪ >> they have won numerous honors and performing in the macy's day parade. numerous honors. ♪
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>> the miami university marching band. from oxford, ohio. ♪ now advancing, the illinois state float celebrates the home state of president obama and the birthplace of first lady michelle obama. the land of lincoln float features american flags, the state flag, and a panorama of the capitol. the state seal adorns the front of the float. the float is approximately 20 feet long, 8 feet wide -- >> the south shore drill team from chicago. the president's hometown. the first lady's hometown.
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they've come here. two major gifts allowed them to come here. from walgreens. they raised the money. they are here. attending this inauguration. you can see the president, he's pretty excited to see what's going on. >> special because they were unable to attend the first inauguration because of lack of funds. so this is very special for them this time. >> they're going right in front of the reviewing stand right now. you see the president and the first lady. the vice president. >> there's a huge set of speakers heading our way. we'll see that right behind them. >> they're moving. >> here we go, here we go. >> the president's moving too. >> how can you not? >> that's right. ♪ >> the south shore drill team from chicago, illinois.
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>> the gullahgeecheee is representing the culture of the islands the float displays cultural artifacts. they include symbols of rice, a cash crop that was produced by enslaved africans, music that is symbolic of the culture's religious tradition, and sweet grass baskets that are produced throughout the region. performing at the president's
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review stand, gullah geechee. ♪ >> the kamehameha schools warrior marching band is from honolulu, hawaii. the band's performance will include music typical of lou, featuring hula dancers with conch shells. ♪ >> hawaii, well represented here at this parade on inauguration day. another marching band coming in from honolulu right now. the president obviously very,
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very excited. this marching band color guard coming in. christi paul, where are you? >> i'm right at madison and pennsylvania avenue. i'm right before the bands get to you, wolf. now that the sun has gone down, i think there's no debating how cold it's getting. as much as these high schokooch students and bands have prepared, they have had -- so many these bands have had to fight to raise money to get here. and they couldn't do it without the support of their communities. i have to think that as excited as they are, i was watching some of the girls go by, some of the majorettes, as you listen to the band, and they had their game face on. they were waving. they were smiling. they were dancing. but they were shivering, wolf. they are cold. but of course maybe part of it could be nerves because they're getting right up there by where you are and where the president's going to be watching them here any moment.
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but i'll tell you what, it's nice to see how much of the crowd has stuck around to see all of these bands and these dance troupes perform. because you know that some of these bands are from rural areas that don't always have a lot of money to support something like this. we know that there were so many entries. double, i think i heard, from what was submitted in the last inauguration. folks that wanted to be part of the parade. so it is a fight to get here obviously. and the crowds are staying here and they're cheering them on and they're watching them and waiting for them. and i know that we've been talking about the animals. all i've seen so far are horses. we know there are 200 animals in this parade, wolf. did i miss something? did you see another kind of animal? >> i think i've only seen horses so far. maybe there are some other animals. >> hoping for a mule.
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>> yeah, maybe a mule. hold on for a second. it's the memorial high school band from jackson, new jersey. we'll take a break. as we go to break and continue our special "situation room." let's listen in for a second. ♪ [ male announcer ] this year, make safety your top priority
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all right. the united states marine corps band is now going by the reviewing stand. the president is there with the co comb don't of the u.s. marine corps. now it's the marines. it's the marines turn. so you know what, let's pay homage. let's respect the united states marines. ♪
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♪ that is a beautiful shot. the u.s. marine corps being honored. now the chinese-american community center folk dance troupe from delaware, the home state of the vice president of the united states. we're getting a little different cultural -- this is a little
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cultural dancing. but who knew they were from delaware, these dancers have performed, by the way, not only here, but the kennedy center, the smithsonian, the wilmington brand opera house, play house theater, national theater. this is an excellent, excellent folk dance troupe. >> as you look close, you can see these people are working really hard as they're approaching. this is the tail end of their parade as they get to the reviewing stand so they're really working hard. >> they haven't had a lot of time to practice. the election ended, then the presidential inaugural commission stepped in. and we don't know who was going to win on election night. so they had very little time, just over two months, to get this ready. >> one of wolf's favorite thing, another float. this is the delaware state float. >> the home state of the vice president. >> it's a replica of the state capitol bell tower. >> wilmington. capitol is dover, delaware, right? >> correct. >> yes, i knew that. there they are.
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>> you know these floats, they were making these floats around the clock over the course of 19 days to get them ready. >> all custom made. >> from delaware, university of maryland marching band, college park, maryld, the terps of maryland, playing for the president. ♪ john king is watching this as well. every one of these bands, these floats, they all have a significance for this president and the vice president. >> you've mentioned the home
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states, the birth states. now we're moving on to the neighborhood, as you might say, washington, d.c. i think part of what you're seeing, a band from ohio as well, is maybe a march to the electoral college map that president obama and vice president biden put together in the november election. i'm with gloria borger and david gergen. jessica yellin. from our vantage point, i can see a half dozen marching bands still lined up and there are still a few around the corner. fasten your seat belts, warm the coffee, and consider the moment. david, i want to start with you it you've worked, served in four white houses, democrats and republicans. four of our last five presidents have enjoyed this moment, a second term. you saw the president up on the capitol steps. saying, wait a second, this is the last time i'm going to see this. he seems to be in a mood not necessarily known as a deeply
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introspective guy, but seems to be in the mood to soak this in. >> he sure does. and with good reason. this is a day that the president, the vice president, their families, are obviously very happy, but they should be very proud. and it's been, it's a happy city tonight, i must say. i think that's the mood here. they originally were expecting maybe 600,000, 800,000. smaller than last time. one official from the inaugural committee now says he thinks the number was around 1 million. we'll wait and see for a more official prediction. as dusk falls here, you have the sense the president's had a good day it he delivered his speech. it's been very well received. he's got a lot of people who are out there on streets. they've been out there for a long time. it's tough to get around the city today. you know the security's been so tight all day. and yet they've been there and they're excited, they're enthusiastic. think it's a very good start to his second term. i think he should feel good about the day. >> if you've had this long day, you see the president in the booth. i was here this morning when the
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sun came up. we are watching the sun set now. it is a stunning day. it is much warmer than four years ago. it is just a spectacular day. you heard the president say that. someone asked him. what do you think of the weather? look at this picture right there. i worked in that building for 8 1/2 years, you worked there. on nights like this when you're around that building, it is majestic. >> it is glorious. doesn't matter how many days you enter there and doesn't matter how many hard grinds you have, you get these moments where you just have a breath-taking moment. you think it's the white house. and this is a beautiful night and what a moment. and i think this is the inauguration the president never had. i've talked to some of his staff members who say they were talking to him before today about the fact that four years ago, they were all so consumed. he was talking about this. help was so consumed with the crises that were confronting him and the overwhelming realization he was about to become commander
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in chief, he didn't get to appreciate the moment that was really taking off. and now he's enjoying it. he's relaxing. he's chewing his nicorett, whatever it is. it's sort of like he's kicking back and just relaxing. >> he's putting his own stamp. especially that address today. we have heard the obama -- the real obama. what he came to washington to do. a sort of escape now from the difficulties he inherited. the economy in a mess, the wars. now he's out there on his own. we'll have to see how it goes. >> i think it was a very aggressive obama speech. >> he's making a bet that america's turning a corner. if we could show, if i could ask our great folks in the control room, to show the wide shot
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again. the white house. you see across the river. as the sun sets there. i remember standing in that park on 9/11 and watching the smoke. you see the top right of your screen. i remember we were evacuated from the white house on 9/11 and watching the smoke come up from the pentagon in what would be the top right of your screen there. the president in his speech today talked about the war is over. a decade of war is ending. >> yes. >> he is making a bet that america cannot retreat from the world but, heck, can have a different engagement with the world. that both changes foreign policy but it also potentially frees up resources in domestic policy. >> he can use that as a springboard to say now that we have the opportunity, we must seize the moment. he's got this whole -- his wife now is getting very involved in the politics of this. she's going to be very involved in this. wow, look at that picture. whoa. >> i think we should acknowledge this is the anniversary of martin luther king day. he took that moment to pause before the statue in --
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>> he wrapped himself in it the cloak of martin luther king today. >> something he hasn't always done in office -- >> very, very purposeful -- >> yes, i think that was sort of -- and you can see the concecon -- that martin luther king was so courageous, that i'm going to really state what i believe, here and now. >> i think it was martin luther king revisited. >> well, i'm not so sure i'd go that far. >> i know they don't. the white house, they don't. >> but i do believe that he -- the moment called for sort of laying out what you stand for. paying homage to martin luther king in that way. >> that's just what the conservatives said he would do, be the real progressive. >> look, he's liberated. he didn't have to face the american people again. at least at the moment, unafraid to do climate change. which would have been risky in the first term. unafraid to do gun control. talks now of doing other things that, again, might have been more harmful to do. the interesting question though,
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jess, is does he stick with them, does he fight through them. and can he find help. >> i just don't know what he's going to prioritize in this next year. and i think he has about a year, 18 months, to find that next legacy move. we know that he will sort of try to drive home health care reform and make that codified, make that -- >> go ahead. >> what's the danger he's going to get caught up in? >> if it's a crisis overseas, if there's a crisis, you know, if it's iran, if it's the middle east. it's always something we don't know. we couldn't have predicted katrina for bush. we never know what it is. so it's the second term trap. >> two years -- >> president, no doubt, mindful of that. at the moment, he's trying to enjoy what is a fabulously color parade. where are we in the procession
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the dobyns high school band,
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the largest high school band in the state of tennessee, one of the oldest prestigious band in the southeastern united states, performing now for the president of the united states and for us. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> this is the 54th massachusetts volunteer infantry regiment company b from silver spring, maryland. let's bring in our own celebrity stylist, our own alina cho, who's joining us now. you got a special guest with you, tell our viewers who you got there, carson kressley, he's a well-known tv personality. i want to know about the fashion, the style, what is going on? >> well, i know you're your own fashionis fashionista, wolf. we want to talk about what michelle obama was wearing today. of course, a lot of talk about
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that. the best-kept secret in fashion really. when she emerged this morning, there you see her, in the coat and dress, made by american designer thom browne. i actually spoke to him today. he said, you know, in moments like this you really are at a loss for words. but what a beautiful sight. she's wearing a j crew belt, j crew gloves. she wore j crew shoes. a reed krakoff cardigan. >> she's shopping her closet. >> a remarkable statement to make for this important moment. >> i think it's what's great about this, you see michelle obama's style evolving over the years. in the thom browne, very tailored, traditional. a little bit a quiet look. what i love is maybe not every american woman has access to a beautiful custom made thom browne piece but they have access to the accessories. the j crew gloves. the j crew belt.
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a lot of woman look to her for fashion inspiration. she's very democratic about her style and people can access that. >> i think what's interesting about what happened with michelle obama today that's getting sort of a lot of chatter online is that she changed her shoes. she started out wearing j crew shoes. she changed into these custom made blue suede boots by reed krakoff. >> even though she's very influential, on a lot of tv screens, she's just like somebody else, in that she might have won the j crew pumps to the actual event, which is indoors, but it is cold out there, i'm putting some boots on, okay, and that's how we dress today. what's so great about her as first lady is she dresses like so many other moms just like her. >> she most certainly does. one thing, i just got off the phone with reed krakoff, i can tell you those boots took three weeks to make, they made them with a foot mold of michelle
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obama's foot. this is something, what an incredible nod to this american designer who also happens to be the president of the iconic american brand coach. but let's talk about this moment for thom browne for a moment. for him, this is a man who is known for sort of redefining men's wear, the sort of shrunken suits, those ankle length pants. not as well known for his women's wear. what do you think this will do to him? >> i think just like jason woo who was relatively unknown during the first inauguration, that really put him on the map. i think what michelle obama's so great at is really embracing homegrown talent and really working with emerging desirgner. not that thom browne is emerging because in the fashion business we've known about him for a long time. from allentown, pennsylvania, just like me. i believe doing women's fashion for two years. >> he told me today he hopes that after this moment more people around the world will look at him and his women's
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fashion with a different eye, and i do believe that will happen. she looks extraordinary. i spoke with a writer, the fashion columnist with the "wall street journal" today and she told me just looking at the back of her coat, you see just how well made it is, how well constructed it is. and, you know, thom told me something interesting. he said his tailor is always telling him, there's no such thing as perfect, but he said, you know, this is as close as i'm going to get. >> almost perfect. it's a great statement too that fashion's an important industry here in the united states. and that really focusing on american designers and american craftsmanship and american design is a great statement because it is a big business here. >> it most certainly is. let's talk about the big moment tonight. you're talking about one-half of the fashion equation. one-half of it has been solved with today's moment but what about the inaugural balls tonight? the what do you want to see her wear? >> i'm all about the ball or two. but i wish that she could kind of come out and do a really
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dazzling kind of hollywood going to the oscars kind of look. i don't think she will because i think she's very sensitive to, you know, maybe not overdoing it. the economy is still not doing great. a lot of people are still facing a lot of hard times. so i think everything's toned down a little. i think you're going to see it's a glamorous celebration. it's a big night for her, for her family. i know we're probably going to see an emerging designer. that's really been her track record. there's not really one designer that she said, this is my guy. kind of lik even hillary clinton loved oscar de la renta and stuck with a certain designer. michelle kind of goes and sees various designers. lots of emerging talent. and chooses what she really responds to. >> when you think about style and you think about fashion, that will be her legacy. really supporting, propping up emerging american designers. people who really need that boost. wolf, back to you. >> alina, a quick question, how much of an impact has she really had on fashion, not just here in
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washington, but across the country? >> well, what's extraordinary, i can just tell you one quick anecdote about that, wolf, i spoke to reed krakoff who designed the outfit she wore yesterday to the swearing-in ceremony and just got off the phone with him again today. he told me what's extraordinary about michelle obama, more than any other celebrity, if you will, on the planet, is that he is really hearing from people around the world. i mean, that message is seen around the world. worldwide, people are watching it here on cnn. by one estimate, her one appearance in a designer's clothes is worth $14 million. all of her public appearances for the year, worth $3 billion to the fashion industry. pretty remarkable stuff. when you look at a moment like this, an important day in history, wolf, you can bet it's far higher that price tag. >> alina, thank you so much. carson, we got to leave it right there, carson kressley, alina cho, guys, thanks so very much.
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that's the dr. martin luther king float going right past the reviewing stand right now. the float's design featuring an image of dr. king and a representation of his quote, out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope. martin luther king jr. float on this martin luther king day. appropriate, appropriate float. as we watch what's going on. there's the president. he's with some of the tuskegee airmen being honored right now. our own fredricka whitfield, by the way, her dad, a tuskegee airman. one of the heroes of world war ii. who went in, fought for all of us against the nazis in europe. did brilliantly, even though they got inferior equipment. they really managed to become heroes. they're being well recognized, as they should be. >> a very special moment, president obama spending time with them.
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i do notice, it does appear as if the first lady, as well as malia and sasha have gone back into the residence. they seem to have left the reviewing stand. so the president is there. you also see the vice president biden and his family all still there as well. >> looks like they've definitely gone back into the white house. maybe they'll come back out. maybe they're getting ready for all the balls. >> you do need -- i mean, ladies need a little bit more time to get ready. >> as you heard alina, carson kressley, everybody's wondering, i know you are, what dress she'll be wearing tonight, who the designer is. >> i'm very curious. wolf, i also think it is something to just pause and look at this moment that we're watching right now. president obama greeting the tuskogee airmen there. there's a float honoring their achievements as well. there's a strong civil rights theme running through this parade. >> as there should be. >> as there should be. it is worth taking one last look at that on this inauguration day. >> it's a lot of history right there. a ton of history as we're watching what's going on. we'll take another quick break,
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the boston crusaders drum corps. founded in 1880. proud to be a founding member of the drum corps international. all the way from boston. lisa sylvester's watching what's going on as well. lisa, what are you seeing? >> you know, wolf, we just saw the grambling state university pass by. also the tuskegee airmen. they also have a float. those are some of the items there, heading your way. a number of people here, some of the folks left, but there are a lot of people who just are sticking around. for this, obviously the
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highlight was seeing president obama. but this is quite a show they're putting on. and people sense that. there is a sense of history. we've talked to a number of people. we've talked to the people along the parade route and asked them why they want to come out. some of those people were here four years ago and decided to come back, four years later. it's obviously a little warmer than it was four years ago. but that's a very nice thing. you see the sun has now set on the capitol. people are still out here and the excitement is continuing on as we go on. even though it's getting dark. you see there, wolf, and kate, it's getting dark, but still people are being thatting out because there's a sense this is a moment in time, a moment in history. that's something we kept on hearing again and again. i should make a mention, as we see president obama there, and we saw earlier his two daughters with their iphones taking pictures. and that's something we've seen a lot. where people are using
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technology. i was out on the parade route four years ago. comparing four years ago to now, you see people even with their ipads out. they're recorded the entire thing. so there are a lot of people who are going to have a piece of history recorded for themselves with their i-phones, with their ipads, tweeting out these pictures. that's one of the big differences that we saw four years back, wolf. >> the civil rights float, you saw that, this is the lesbian and gay band association, national music organization comprised of concert and marching bands from cities across america. that makes up a network of lesbian and gay bands. their participation in the 2009 inaugural parade marked the first time an openly gay and lesbian group had been invited to march in an inaugural parade. the band will include up to 280 musicians from 27 states and the district of columbia. and earlier today, kate, you did hear the president -- i want to bring kate in for a second. the president did make a very
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powerful statement calling for equal rights for gay and lesbians, including the right to marry. >> it was an historic statement. >> you make up a good point. >> go ahead, lisa. >> a good point, which is diversity. as you go through, whether it's this particular band that we're seeing right now, the gay and lesbian association band, or whether you see native americans, or we saw, you know, the state of hawaii represented with two schools. obviously, the home state of president obama. but punahou and kamehameha, but just in terms of the diversity, the states, and also cultural diversity. we saw the chinese-american dancers. so that's the theme you're going to continue to see as this parade continues on, wolf and kate. >> interesting development. and the line that the president said, kate, you have it there. >> in his inaugural speech today, in referencing gay
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rights, he said, our journey is not complete till our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. for if we are truly created equal, then surely we -- then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. an historic statement to be made on a very big stage. >> an historic change of position on the part of the president. he did not start off his presidency feeling that way about that particular issue. he's evolved over the course of his presidency. he feels the rest of the country will come along. >> he now fully supports gay marriage in the united states. you see the vice president and the president, they are still there. they're watching this parade continue to unfold. up next, by the way, after the lesbian and gay band association, native american women warriors. they will be recognized. they will be celebrated as well. here they come. native american women warriors
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from pueblo west, colorado. this is the first recognized all native women veteran color guard. dressed in traditional jingle dresses as they're called with accessories of beadwork and feathers. lovely, lovely cultural moment here at this inaugural parade. >> following that, a town that we have heard a few times before. in referencing the white house. the little rock, arkansas, central high school band. they're up next. >> historic high school. in 1957, the high school saw the little rock nine. it is now an historic site. nine african-american students, persistence in attending the formerly all white central high school. the most prominent national example of the 1954 supreme court decision brown versus board of education. the little rock central high school marching band. >> impressive band, wolf.
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they should all become fund-raisers. the little rock students accomplished a huge task. they raised $100,000 to make this trip in just three weeks. >> let's take another quick break. as we go to break, let's listen to the little rock central high school band. rock central high school band. ♪
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a tribute to the united states air force. they are beginning to walk by the president of the united states. the president honoring the u.s. air force and we should as well. ♪ ♪
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♪ >> the men and women of the united states air force. the u.s. air force academy, color guards, reserve companies, they are all here as the president salutes the men and women of the u.s. military, the army, the navy, the marine corps, they will be honored as well. you see the president saluting and applauding together with the vice president, chief of stf as the u.s. air force is there as well. up next, by the way, kate, is the grambling state university band. >> you've already met them. >> we did. i love this grambling state
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university band. we honored them last night. let's listen as they go by the president. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ >> there they go. the grambling state university band from louisiana. what an exciting moment this is. and this is the tuskogee airmen. the float is a tribute to the brave young men who were the first af vviators.
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they flew so courageously and brilliantly during world war ii. >> and as we saw earlier, some of the tuskogee airmen are guests with president obama. he's turning around right now to look at them. >> that's right. one of our colleagues. >> that's right. these are real american heroes and we salute them for what they did, pioneers, courageous in every step of the way. >> such an amazing story. >> did i ever tell you, jim acosta, that when i was at senior west high school outside of buffalo, new york, i, too, was in the marching band? >> wow. >> did you know that? >> what instrument? >> i have to tell you what i just did. i don't know how to take this news. >> releasing this information for the first time. >> happening

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